Choi, Kang share lead at PGA Cham­pi­onship

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Danielle Kang got a text mes­sage from Wayne Gret­zky on Satur­day morn­ing. Cait­lyn Jen­ner called Fri­day, and four-time ma­jor winner Hol­lis Stacy also reached out.

Lots of high-pro­file sup­port for Kang as she goes for her first ma­jor cham­pi­onship. The 24-year-old Kang and Chella Choi shared the lead head­ing into the fi­nal round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship. Kang won the U.S. Women’s Am­a­teur in 2010 in 2011, but she has never won an LPGA Tour tour­na­ment.

“It would be in­cred­i­ble to be called a ma­jor cham­pion, es­pe­cially out on this tour,” Kang said. She got a boost be­fore her af­ter­noon tee time when Gret­zky, like Jen­ner a friend from her days at Sher­wood Coun­try Club in Cal­i­for­nia, passed along a sim­ple mes­sage. “He said, ‘Just go win it,’ Kang re­called. “And you know, I was like, ‘It’s third round.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you, Wayne.’ And he’s like, ‘You just go, get it done.’ Cait­lyn Jen­ner called me yesterday. I have a lot of peo­ple just be­yond that, just call­ing me up and encouraging me to just keep play­ing my game and that they are root­ing for me. I love it.” While sev­eral of the LPGA’s big­gest stars chal­lenged for the lead, it was Kang and Choi on top af­ter a chal­leng­ing day at an in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult Olympia Fields. The 26-year-old Choi hit 11 of 14 fair­ways on her way to a bo­geyfree 67.

Kang birdied the par-5 18th for a 68, join­ing Choi at 10 un­der and set­ting up an un­likely fi­nal pair­ing for the fourth round.—AP

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